The Phils got on the scoreboard first in the first inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Young hits an RBI double, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a two-run blast, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Young. The Blue Jays cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Edwin Encarnacion followed with an RBI single, scoring Cabrera. The Blue Jays then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Blue Jays retied the game in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Bonifacio hits an RBI double, knocking in Adam Lind, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Brett Lawrie’s ground out, 6-3, while sending Moises Sierra, who had just walked, over to third base. The Blue Jays then took the lead one batter later as Reyes hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Sierra and Bonifacio, giving the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sierra hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Ryan Schimpf, who was pinch running for Lawrie, who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as J.P. Arencibia, who had started the inning off with a single, was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 8-4 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 9-4 lead as pinch hitter Jim Negrych hits an RBI single, scoring Sierra. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-4 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Josh Thole hits an RBI double, knocking in Luis Jimenez, who had just singled, before moving on to third on right fielder Laynce Nix’s throwing error. The Blue Jays increased their lead once again in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Goins hits an RBI ground out, scoring Schimpf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ricardo Nanita’s single, then moved up to third base on Negrych’s force out, 3-6, as Nanita was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 11-4 lead, while Negrych, who was safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base on the out. The Phils got two runs back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Jermaine Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 11-6 Blue Jays’ lead. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Ortiz ended the game by striking out Tyson Gillies.
Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out three. Tyler Cloyd committed his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 13.50), as he pitched two innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Justin Friend pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he also went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson got the win (1-0, 2.25), as he threw two innings, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rogers) between them, while striking out four (Delabar (2), Rogers (1), Jeffress (1)). Ryan Ortiz pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.
The Phils collected eight hits in the game, a double by Kevin Frandsen, an RBI double by Michael Young, a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Jermaine Mitchell and a two-run home run by Erik Kratz. The Phils had only one walk (Ruiz) in the game.
The Phils (3-4-1) continued spring training as they play a pair of split squad games, one at home against the Blue Jays (5-4) and on the road against the Orioles (6-2), presently trailing in both games.
It seems that several things had occurred as far as the Phils are concerned.
First, on December 2, the Phils tendered contracts to outfielder Ben Francisco and pitcher Kyle Kendrick to keep them from becoming free agents. Kyle Kendrick will likely be fighting with Vance Worley for the fifth starter’s spot during spring training, while Francisco will be involved in a platoon situation with Dom Brown, as…
on the following Sunday, December 5, it was announced that Jayson Werth had signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals. Although he was expected to leave, Jayson’s signing with another team within the NL East came as a complete surprise to everyone, including Phils manager Charlie Manuel, as everyone had expected him to sign with an AL team, like the Red Sox or the Tigers. Well, Jayson, congrats on the money, but be prepared for a lot of boos, after being given some respectful cheers the first time you come to town in a Nat uniform. (The Nats? I hope you know what you’re doing Jayson.) As for the Phils’ compensation in draft picks, they will get a player in the draft between the first and second rounds, and then a player from the second round, as the Nats’ first round pick did not fall among the first 15 players of the draft.
The next day, December 6, the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee announced that it had elected ex-Phil General Manager Pat Gillick (2005-2008) to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gillick, who was also the GM for the Blue Jays, who won World Series Championships in 1992-1993, to go along with the Phils’ 2008 World Series Championship, as well as being the GM for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners, in 27 years as a GM, had 11 teams enter the post-season.
The next day, December 7, it was announced that journalist Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News (also formerly on the Philadelphia Bulletin) will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the BBWAA, for 50 years of meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be given the award during the induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, NY, on July 25, 2011.
Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had signed former Cardinal relief pitcher Dennys Reyes to a one year deal for $1.1 million, with a $1.35 million option for 2012. Reyes, who has pitched in the major leagues for fourteen seasons out of the bullpen, will be joining his eleventh team when he joins the Phils, as he finished 2010 with a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.55, as he pitched in 59 games, with a save, as he struck out 25 batters, while walking 21. The Phils will likely be using him as their left handed specialist out of the bullpen, to compliment Antonio Bastardo.
On the 9th, the Phils took three players in the Rule 5 Draft, with the first one, Michael Martinez, an infielder, coming from the Nats organization, via their Syracuse Triple-A affiliate. Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. jokingly commented that picking him up was the Phils way of getting back at the Nats for taking Jayson. (I just hope the last laugh ain’t on the Phils with this one.) The Phils would also pick up Chris Frey from the Rockies organization and Justin Friend from the A’s in the minor league part of the Rule 5 Draft. I guess it’ll be a while before we see if any of these guys pan out with the Phils.
Also during the week, the Phils brought Dom Brown back from the Dominican League, as they did not think that he was getting the seasoning that they thought he would need to be ready for spring training. Instead, they plan to do it during spring training itself, to get him ready for the regular season.
Lastly, the Phils had announced on Saturday that shortstop Jimmy Rollins had on Thursday undergone minor surgery on his left wrist. They also announced that he should be able to participate in spring training next year.